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The Secret to Stop Saying “Um” and Other Filler Words

I was interviewed for an article in BBC News on eliminating filler words in business conversations and meetings. Here is an excerpt: “We are so comfortable with our own vocal tendencies that we often overlook them,” said Steven Cohen, assistant professor of communication at the University of Baltimore in the US … Learn to diagnose your own “filler word hotspots” to better anticipate the changes you need to make to your speech, Cohen said. Often, people use fillers at the beginning or end of a sentence or while transitioning from one thought to the next, he explained. Being especially...

Do You Want to Become a Confident and Effective Speaker?

I am offering several executive education programs this summer to help professionals take their public speaking skills to the next level. June 13th & 14th Introduction to Public Speaking: Effective Presentation Skills Harvard Division of Continuing Education June 27th, 28th & 29th Using Your Voice to Lead: Effective Presentation Skills Georgetown University July 18th, 19th & 21st Effective Workplace Presentations Johns Hopkins Carey Business School August 1st & 2nd Introduction to Public Speaking: Effective Presentation Skills Harvard Division of Continuing...

Body Language and Communication in the Presidential Race

I was interviewed for an article in Baltimore Magazine on the impact of communication and body language in the presidential race. Here is an excerpt: Carson’s soft-spoken, “low-key” demeanor, derided by some, and regularly by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, a conservative former GOP Florida congressman, and Trump, of course, is often mistaken for a lack of leadership ability, according to the University of Baltimore’s Steven D. Cohen. “Carson says his soft-spokenness is a strength, not a weakness and that’s a quote I’ve clipped out and shared with my students,” Cohen says. “I was...

Speak Up: Why You Should Take a Public Speaking Class

I was interviewed for an article in Slate on the importance of taking a public speaking class. As Nicholas Duchesne (who took one of my courses) explains in the article, “a public speaking class can help you land a job or deliver a punch line.” Here is an excerpt: “Public speaking affects your academic, personal, and professional lives,” says Steven D. Cohen, a communications professor at the University of Baltimore who has also taught at the University of Maryland and Harvard. He is proof of the poise that training in public speaking can provide. No ums, uhs, or likes...

Improve Your Presentation Skills This Summer at Harvard

I am offering several professional development programs this summer at Harvard University: Delivering Effective Presentations June 15th & 16th, 2015 / August 3rd & 4th, 2015 Whether your goal is to inform, persuade, sell, or inspire, your presentation skills are critical. The good news? Effective presenters are made, not born. This two-day program sets the foundation for delivering successful professional presentations, whether you are speaking at an intimate meeting, via a webinar, or on a stage. Click here to learn more about the program. You also can watch me...

Presenting Like a Pro: 7 Tips for Powerful Public Speaking

I offer some tips and tricks on speaking like a pro in the December issue of Student Health 101. Here is an excerpt of the article: Nail-biting? Check. Unavoidable? Check. Public speaking is likely in your future, whether you’ll be making a classroom presentation to your peers, giving a speech in an auditorium, or introducing a public event. Developing presentation skills enhances your academic, personal, and career opportunities (and also protects your nails). To learn more, read “Like a Pro: 7 Tips for Powerful Public Speaking.” Be sure to check out the...

Ready to Be Amazed? How I Got the Nickname “Magic Man”

I invite you to learn about my interest in magic in the latest issue of University of Baltimore Magazine. After reading the article, make sure to check out the Web Extra. Who knows? I may have a trick or two up my sleeve. Here is an excerpt of the article: All it took to get Steven D. Cohen hooked on magic was a simple card trick. Since that moment, he has used magic to connect with others—from being the new kid at school to breaking the ice with students in his current role as assistant professor in the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences’ Klein Family School of Communications Design. Never one to...

4 Ways to Build a Strong Connection with Your Audience

The key to delivering a successful speech is showing your audience members that you care about them. You don’t want listeners to view you as a salesperson pitching a product. You want them to see you as a leader who has their best interests at heart. The good news is that you don’t need to be a mind reader to build a strong connection with listeners. Instead, you can focus on knowing your audience, using inclusive pronouns, referencing the present and highlighting the benefits of your idea. To learn more about these techniques, read my new article, “It’s All about the...

In the Media: My Hopes for One of Baltimore’s Best Leaders

I was interviewed for an article in The Baltimore Sun on University of Baltimore’s next president, Kurt L. Schmoke. Here is an excerpt: “He’s somebody that seems to embrace the unexpected, he’s an inclusive leader, and I really get a sense that he’s going to be a transformative leader for our university,” said Steven D. Cohen, an assistant professor of communication. “What I’m excited to see is that jolt of energy.” “I think he’s going to continue to raise us up and put us on the map. I want the University of Baltimore not just to...

Upcoming Workshop: Using Your Voice to Achieve Success

I am offering an interactive workshop at the University of Baltimore to empower students and professionals to communicate as leaders. The workshop, “Communication Matters: Using Your Voice to Lead,” will focus on using the power of one’s voice to forge a pathway toward personal and professional success. As part of this workshop, participants will explore the difference between passion and drive, and the importance of sharing one’s passion with the audience. The workshop will be held on Thursday, May 1, beginning at 4 p.m. in the William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center...